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Mediation – Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a specific type of mediation to assist separating families to come to agreement in relation to parenting matters.

The Family Law Act requires separated parents to participate in Family Dispute Resolution before commencing proceedings in the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court in relation to parenting matters.

There are exemptions to this requirement, including:

  • if parties are applying for ‘consent orders’;
  • where family violence or child abuse is a factor;
  • when you are the respondent to an application to court;
  • where there are urgent issues;
  • if a person is unable to participate effectively (for example, due to incapacity or geographical location), or
  • if a person has contravened and shown a serious disregard for a parenting order made in the last 12 months.

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